You are buying a home and the Seller discloses that there was a porch filled in without a permit…
…or a bathroom was renovated, or a garage made into living space – without a permit. The Seller says… don’t worry, I am a licensed carpenter, it’s all built to code.
Do you need to worry? Absolutely.
Each municipality will have their own protocol but they will be similar. This is what the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) told me.
- Items that you may have to do include, but are not limited to:
- Engineers report
- Drywall removed to inspect the construction
- Electrical & plumbing updated
- Rain-screen added
- Foundation installed or upgraded
- Any structural components not built to today’s standard would need to be updated.
Depending on the amount of non-permitted work done on this home, this could be a costly endeavour.
- Construct any new building or structure
- Construct a new accessory building
- Make alterations, additions or repairs to an existing building or structure
- Complete a previously unfinished area in an existing building, (e.g., a recreation room or bathroom)
- Make interior structural renovations
- Demolish or relocate a building or structure
- Remodel or construct a deck
- Install or alter plumbing within a building or structure or on a property
- Enclose your carport
Here is a link to the RDN site on what needs a permit and what does not need a permit. CLICK HERE.